What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files which a website may put on your computer or mobile device when you first visit a site or page. The cookie will help the website to recognise your device the next time you visit. There are many functions cookies serve. For example, they can help a website to remember your username and preferences or analyse how well the website is performing. Certain cookies contain personal information – for example, if you click to "remember me" when logging in to a website, a cookie will store your username.
Types of Cookies
Strictly necessary cookies
These cookies enable services you specifically ask for. These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around websites and use features, such as accessing secure areas, your account and for functionality of shopping carts.
Various performance cookies
- Some cookies collect anonymous information on the pages visited. By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.
- Some cookies collect information about how visitors use the Website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don't collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how the Website works. Unlike many websites, we do NOT use Google Analytics tracking cookies. We use Matomo, a web analytics software platform which is an open source alternative to Google Analytics provided by our web host, SiteE@se Web Design (see below).
- These cookies allow the Website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customiseBy using the Website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.
Third party cookies
These cookies allow third parties to track the success of their application or customise the application for you. Because of how cookies work we cannot access these cookies, nor can the third parties access the data in cookies used on our site.
For example, if you choose to ‘share’ content through Twitter or other social networks you might be sent cookies from these websites. We don't control the setting of these cookies, so please check those websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.
More detail about cookies used on our website
We utilise cookies to remember visitor preferences and to enhance the functionality available to visitors. For example, when shopping in our store area cookies allow items placed in your basket to be remembered and saved for later if you choose not to check out straight away. Cookies allow us to provide a high quality experience by customising our pages and quickly identifying and fixing any issues that arise. Unlike many websites, we do NOT use Google Analytics tracking cookies. However, we do track visitor statistics using the Matomo service provided by our web host. This method allows visitors to remain anonymous. If you do not wish your browsing session on this site to be tracked the following will allow you to opt out:
J2Store: (language, currency, PHPSESSID) - We use a third party solution to handle our shopping cart. These are seen as essential cookies but we have listed them here for your convenience. This is an ESSENTIAL COOKIE. More information.
Can a website user block cookies?
Do we track whether users open our emails?
We do not conduct email marketing campaigns that track whether our emails are opened and verify any clicks through to links or advertisements within the email. Any emails received from Alford Tiles & Woodburning Stoves Company will be in response to direct communication from customers regarding unique enquiries or service provided.